After the recording went public, Bush lost his job at the Today show, while Trump went on to be elected the 45th president of the United States, a fact Colbert couldn’t help but point out on Monday’s Late Show.
“The very day he was swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, I was checking into this soul-searching retreat in Santalina, California for nine days,” Bush quipped.
“My boss, later, months later, said publicly, 'I think we may have moved a little quickly,'” he continued. “I will say, I would have liked the chance to have been able to address the audience that following Monday. But it was right after the debate and I think the tape made it in time for the debate, so I didn’t get that.”
Colbert also asked Bush if Matt Lauer -- the longtime Today show host who was recently fired by NBC following multiple reports of sexual misconduct -- had made any efforts to save his job at the time.
“We had a conversation about that and I was told, he told me, that he went privately to the bosses and took that line,” Bush recalled. “I said I appreciated it, and I accepted it, and thanked him.”